Artists sound out on climate at Play for the Planet

Our Global Climate Action Summit affiliate event, Play for the Planet, took place on Wednesday, September 12th in front of San Francisco’s main public library, and just down the street from City Hall, where mayors from around the world were meeting.  

This was intended to be a fun event to allow a wide range of artists to express, in a purely non-scientific way (atypically for us), what they hope the future will sound like.  We staged 21 performers of all ages in just over 6 hours, featuring everything from classical to hip hop! National Geographic reporter Andy Revkin stopped by to perform a few songs on the guitar, and we were treated to a cameo appearance by the San Francisco Symphony’s Associate Principal Trombonist, Nick Platoff, among many other superlative artists.  The following video clip is from COPUS’ set that closed the day.

The afternoon also included opportunities for the public to talk with members of our science team as well as our solutions partners.

Our focus remains enabling the creation of science-guided climatemusic, but this light-hearted afternoon turned out to be a great way to engage talented artists  and the general public in a conversation about climate change.  We’ll likely do it again on appropriate occasions, so dust off that guitar and watch our calendar for your opportunity to Play for the Planet !